• Old Man Winter creeps in on our fall

    My family reported there was more snow on the ground at my parents’ house up in the Triad than there was at my godmother’s house outside my native Cleveland, Ohio, this past weekend. That’s unheard of — especially in December.

    Mom and Dad even remarked that it was too early for snow in their neck of the woods. They get snow in their part of the Tar Heel state maybe once or twice a year, usually in January or February. Their local meteorologist, Van Denton, confirmed this, saying it was seven years since the area last saw snow in December.

  • You decide: Can good behavior sometimes cost you more?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    There’s an old saying stating, “No good deed goes unpunished.” I was reminded of it during a recent radio call-in program where I was the guest. The topic was the conservation of resources, like water or electricity, something that is encouraged and applauded.

  • Higher standards leave little room for lowbrow humor

    Whether I’m in the office here in Shallotte, visiting my parents in the Triad or sleeping in my own bed in Sunset Beach (or Calabash; I get mail from the U.S. Postal Service with either town listed as my address), managing editor of the Beacon is a title I never remove.

    Beneath that title, though, is me.

  • Senior projects from a graduating senior’s perspective

    By Dawson Miller

    Guest Columnist

    After three years of attending West Brunswick High School, my senior year was the first that came with an extra amount of loaded responsibility, which resulted in an extra amount of loaded stress. A weight was placed on our shoulders, especially kids like myself who were taking college-level courses, and it hasn’t been the easiest thing to manage.

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off


    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 30

    Misdemeanor larceny of a bicycle worth $135 from the front yard of a Brooks Court residence.

    Dec. 31

    Felony larceny by removing the anti-theft device from a $128 drill kit to steal it from Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • You decide: Is another transportation transformation ahead?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s commonly thought we are now living in the greatest time period of change. Technology is affecting

    how we live, work and communicate in amazing ways, and the changes will continue.

  • Trying to turn the tides on homelessness, addiction

    By now you may have read or heard about 34-year-old Johnny Bobbitt Jr., a Marine, paramedic and firefighter from Henderson who was living on the streets of Philadelphia.

  • Pumpkin pie versus pecan pie: Best Thanksgiving matchup this year

    All right, it’s Thanksgiving week. You may be reading this while waiting for kick-off or for the bird to finish frying on Thanksgiving Day.

    So it’s the right time to pause for a moment and give some thought to the most important question that has to be addressed at this time of year: Pumpkin pie or pecan pie. Who you got?

    For some, this amounts to asking you to choose good versus evil. For others it’s like asking which is your favorite child, the good one or the evil one?

  • CIS thankful for volunteers: Be thankful and volunteer

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    For Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS), volunteers make all the difference, both in our school programs and our thrift shops. CIS volunteers give back tirelessly to the community through CIS and help students in Brunswick County to stay in school.

    It takes a special person to give their time and make a commitment to help struggling students. Community volunteers contribute to and support programs offered by CIS.